We had the good fortune of connecting with Shimira Cole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shimira, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
The most difficult decision that I had to make is leaving behind my 10-year perception of success and carving a newer and healthier idea of what success looks like for me. So often we get caught up with adding the “Social Media Stars” version of success to our plate when in reality, the perfect angle pictures, the numerous friendships, and after-parties do not reflect reality or what we desire daily.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a writer and an Online Talk Show Host. During the Safer-at-Home mandate, I couldn’t write at all. I was so burned out from writing scripts and pitch decks, that I wanted to find something else to do. I saw so many people utilize Instagram live and I really wanted to try it. I reached out to a few people to do one with me, but no one entertained the idea. My hopes were about to hit rock bottom when I thought of about my former co-worker and friend all the way on the other side of the county. I reached out to her and she immediately said YES! Therefore, Cortney and I created a show called “Tea, Coffee, and Conversations” where we discuss business, current events, and our hottest topic, relationships. The Relationship topic definitely turned into a question and answer segment which gave us a dedicated audience on Tuesdays at 730am (west coast) / 1030am (east coast) time.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
My favorite spot to hang out is at Habitat Coffee off of Eagle Rock. I used to live in Glassel Park, and when this small chic coffee shop opened its doors, it was God sent. The breakfast dishes are delicious and it’s a great place to chill out for the day and to have meetings. Next door, the LA Road Thrift Store is a nice place to shop, some times I’ll go snooping in their vintage attire sections to discover unique things or add to my wardrobe. They have small events such as movie nights and auctions off high-end donations. Another place that my friends and I indulge in is Kura Revolving Sushi Bar in Little Tokyo Los Angeles. A great way to start a weekend by eating fresh sushi right out of the kitchen.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This may sound cliche, but I want to give my shoutout to God. Yup, my Lord Savoir Jesus Christ. The reason being is God has brought me through the fire when I didn’t even know it. From blessing me with an affordable apartment in Glendale when I urgently needed to leave a toxic situation that I was living in, and for blessing me with a J…O…B and the ability to pay my rent since living on my own in Los Angeles, CA. For allowing me to complete my novel, The Mercy Tree, the first book of The Revelation Begins. Seriously, knowing God will always have my back allowed me to confidently say “no” even though opportunities were career changers, and to say yes to things that were beneath my standard. This act of faith opened so many doors for me and now I feel extremely confident to move forward in life and to live my dream my way. Also, can’t forget about my beautiful mother who’s been cheering me on since day one 🙂